The Saints Rebound from a Saturday Sweep to Split the twinbill on Sunday at No. 15 Frederick CC.
The MNE baseball team opened up its season with a four game series with No.15 Frederick CC this weekend.
Mike Jones took the ball game one and looked to be in early cruise control before taking a line drive off the wrist in the top of the first that shortened his outing. In a hurry, Head Coach Brandon Crum went to his best available in Dalton Donachie to take on the unexpected substitution of immediate insertion into the game.
"Dalton was expecting to start on Sunday and I had no choice but to make the call to go with him. On the road against a top 25 team and your number 1 unexpectedly goes down, I knew if anyone could handle being thrust into this situation it would be Dalton. He's a competitor but most importantly he is well prepared. He took over without much time to warm up and get loose and ended up getting us out of a 1st inning jam unscathed."
Donachie entered with bases loaded one out in the top of first and finished the frame with a strikeout and a weak fly out to right field to get the Saints out of the Jam. Through 5.2 innings of work, Donachie scattered 7 hits, 6 runs (3 earned) and striking out four in the loss
"Dalton executed pitches all day long but fell on tough luck. Four well placed infield singles, two bloopers, and two misplayed balls by our outfield - the guy couldn't catch a break. He pitched extremely well against a very relentless Frederick lineup."
The Saints offense scored 1 run to keep it a one run game through 4 innings before Frederick scored two in the 5th and 6th innings to extend their lead.
"The offense let us down. Having not seen live pitching outside since October, we were a little behind on the fastball and proved undisciplined at times. We hit some balls hard, but we never really put any pressure on their pitcher. We never gave our guy a chance to relax on the mound. He had to pitch perfect and you can't ask that of your bullpen in February." Offensive struggles proved to be the same story through games 2 and 3 losing 12-2 (McKenrick 0-1) and 8-0 (Suarez 0-1). "Our offense showed its youth all weekend. I don't think it is anything more than inexperience and the adjustment to getting back outside. We saw steady improvements, leading up to game four. You could see the hitters getting more comfortable in the box and we started putting good swings on good pitches."
In the nightcap, the Saints won in dramatic fashion. Josh Anderson tossed an impressive 6.1 innings in his first collegiate start giving up 3 runs on 5 hits, while tallying 5 punch outs. The Saints took an early 1-0 after Logan Snyder went Big Fly in the second. In the 5th, Frederick took back the lead making it 2-1 but The Saints wouldn't go away without a fight, taking a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the 7th. After getting the lead off hitter out, Anderson allowed two base runners before Logan Snyder came in to close the door. On the first pitch, a double down the right field line brought across the tying run cross moving runners to second and the winning run to third. Crum ordered an unconventional intentional walk to face Frederick's clean up hitter with the bases loaded. But it proved to be the right call - with two outs, and a 3-2 count, and the runners on the move, Snyder delivered an electric punch out pitch to end the 7th and send the game in extras.
Second basemen Noah Suarez lead off the inning with his second single of the game to left field, reaching base for the 6th time on the weekend. Tommy Cannon bunted him over allowing Austin Tisch to play the hero with an RBI single to give the Saints the lead. Tisch later scored on an Anderson Sac Fly to extend the lead to 5-3. Snyder slammed the door in the 8th to earn the win in 1.2 innings of work.
"I am really proud of how hard we fought. It's not easy to go on the road and win, let alone against a top team in the country like Frederick. I think these men saw the level they are capable of playing when we get clicking on all cylinders. After losing 3 straight they could have gave in - but they fought hardest in the final moments of the weekend which says a lot about the strength and future of this team."
Noah Suarez led the offense this weekend with 4 hits, a double, 1 bb, and a team high 3 runs scored.
Tom cannon reached base 6 times, with 3 walks and a HBP Austin Tisch and Blaze Chamberlain both knocked a single and a double on the weekend.
Jason Swope belted two doubles and reached by walk twice.
Tyler Cannon threw 2.2 innings of scoreless relief and added a two RBI single in game 2
The Saints are back in action on Friday March 2nd vs Harford Community College in Maryland.